Falcons shake up secondary

ATLANTA -- Very quietly, the Falcons have made a major change to their secondary.

James Sanders, a veteran who was acquired during the preseason, got the start at safety in place of Thomas DeCoud. The team didn’t list DeCoud on the injury report this week and had a rough outing in the opener against Chicago.

He missed at least one tackle and struggled in coverage. The Falcons became concerned about DeCoud’s progress during the preseason and that’s why they went out and signed Sanders.

The Falcons also opened in the nickel package with a new nickel back. Kelvin Hayden, another veteran signed in the preseason, was in that spot in place of Christopher Owens.